Dow Planetarium – Montreal, Canada


The Montreal Planetarium opened in 1966, located at Chaboillez Square north east of Downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The chosen design had an astronomical theme and the exterior of the Dome resembled Saturn surrounded by its rings. The Planetarium had its last show in 2011 before the new Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium opened its doors 2 years later.

The building was then ceded to the Ecole de technologie superieure, a major engineering school, which recently completed an extensive remodel in keeping with the original style of the building.

When Vitrerie RD were invited to bid on an extensive remodel of the Dow Planetarium in Montreal recently, they knew who to turn to for their Bent Glass requirements!

Specifications called out for over  500m2 (5000ft2) of Bent Glass, which included Bent Tempered IG’s, and Bent Tempered Laminated panels with pieces up to 4585mm (15′ 1/2″) tall – so naturally Glasshape® was a perfect partner to collaborate with!

Now completed, the remodel opened up meeting places where students can discuss topics and projects together with a surrounding sense of space and light, while in-keeping with the structures curved appearances – and the photos speak for themselves!

“Our experience with Glasshape® was really more than satisfying. The Planetarium project was a first in Quebec. For these interior structural partitions as well as 2 curved curtain walls. Glasshape® was the key supplier of this project. Their service and the quality of the products manufactured were above our expectations. With 35 years of experience, Vitrerie RD has never known a North American supplier with such quality of product”.

“The Glasshape® team knew how to meet our schedule even with the distance that separates us. Including sea and air transport. I can add that following a glass break incident in Montreal, they have even been able to reproduce non-standard screen-printed glass in record time”.

“Thanks again to the Glasshape® team for your support in this project”.

Patrick Deguire – Président  – Vitrerie RD Ltée

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